The first 48 hours of any movie is the most important. Today, Unplanned (a movie based on a true story about Abby Johnson, the youngest director ever at Planned Parenthood) is opening in theaters. You will not see posters advertising this movie in any theater, but they do have times listed on their websites. Will you please go see this movie to [hopefully] put this in the top 3 this weekend? If you’ve read the book, if you’re pro-life, if you’re pro-choice, if you don’t have an opinion – it doesn’t matter. Every person should see this movie.

Locally, the movie is being shown at the following theaters:

  • Celebration! Cinema North located at 2121 Celebration Dr. NE, Grand Rapids 49525
  • Celebration! Cinema located at RiverTown Crossings Mall at 3728 Rivertown Parkway, Grandville 49418
  • Celebration! Cinema South located at 1506 Eastport Dr, Grand Rapids 49508
  • AMC Grand Rapids located at 3000 Alpine Avenue NW, Walker 49544
  • AMC Holland 8 located at 12270 James St., Holland 49424
  • AMC Classic big Rpaids 4 located at 213 S. Michigan Avenue, Big Rapids 49307-1809

Please be sure to thank these theaters for showing this movie. Other theaters simply chose not to show it.

A Good Read This Lenten Season

Any Kev-Heads out there? If so, then you know the author of Broken Mary. Yes, Kevin Matthews. Early day shock-jock from WLAV-FM in Grand Rapids. But don’t let that stop you from reading this book! Mr. Matthews, a life-long Catholic, takes readers from his early days up to his amazing re-engagement of the Catholic faith. In addition, you may recognize the local names in the book (like a local priest in Grand Rapids!). And this book will inspire you to take a trip over to St. Anthony of Padua Church as well to visit Broken Mary.

But most importantly, Kevin’s message of brokenness, forgiveness, acceptance, renewal, hope and so much more rings true for all. His message is so sincere, so moving, so honest. It’s a beautiful read for this Lenten Season.

Follow Kevin’s Lead

Kevin had been hearing and feeling a thought in his heart to pray the RosarySo he committed to saying the Rosary every day during Lent. He didn’t know how to say the Rosary. But he found an online recording and prayed with it every morning. Here’s an insert from his book discussing his journey:

“There I was, standing in front of this beautiful statue for all those gathering to see, and now it was time to kneel. Earlier that winter, I’d had my knee replaced, that and my MS were going to make kneeling a challenge. What if I don’t finish in front of all these people? Mary, Jesus, please help me to do this.

Soon I was kneeling, with no pain. I closed my eyes and saw no people. I began to pray the Rosary, and the church noise turned to silence. Within forty days, I had learned how to pray the Rosary without prompting, each bead, fingers moving forward, slowly, prayer after prayer after prayer. Then, finally, the Sign of the Cross. On that last day of Lent, my days of just reciting the Rosary were over, because I was beginning to pray.”

Begin to Pray

Will you follow Kevin’s lead? Will you commit to saying the Rosary every day during Lent, so that when Lent is over, you just won’t be reciting the Rosary?

If you’re unable to pray the Rosary every day, will you prayerfully consider coming early to church to pray the Rosary together? You’re invited to pray a Group Rosary at Assumption every Saturday evening at 5:00 p.m. before the 5:30 Mass, Sunday morning at 8:30 a.m. before the 9:00 Mass and Sunday evening at 5:00 p.m. before the 5:30 Mass. Prayer in groups is powerful! And this is a great way to learn how to pray the Rosary if you don’t remember how.

Learn More About Broken Mary

Go to The Broken Mary Project to read all about Kevin’s journey, pray the Rosary with Kevin with his online recordings, order the book and ask for prayer intentions.